American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Mission and Goals

The Pro Bono committee works to persuade mediators, arbitrators and others to do pro bono dispute resolution work and to work with legal services and state bar and national pro bono offices to set up such programs and policies.


  • In February 2003 the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution adopted the following resolution:

    The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution urges each mediator, arbitrator or other neutral to devote at least 50 hours annually to providing pro bono ADR services; attorneys who are not neutrals to devote a portion of their pro bono services to assisting needy litigants involved in ADR proceedings; and bar associations to credit such pro bono activities toward an attorney's mandatory or aspirational pro bono requirements.
  • Goals

    The goals for the pro bono committee are (1) to implement and follow-thru with the mini-grants that were awarded in May and (2) to assist with the expansion and improvement of pro bono ADR programs through outreach and educational programs.

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        Negotiation in Mediations: What Happens When Your Partner Stops Dancing


        Program Description: What are the barriers to reaching agreement in mediation? In this webinar three of the nations leading neutrals will identify some of the most common barriers, examine the factors that cause them, and provide tips on how they have been able to circumvent those barriers or shift responsibility ...

        Managing the Process


        Program Description: This webinar explores the manner in which parties to a negotiation: communicate with one another while exchanging information and bargaining related to concepts, ideas, numbers, and dollar figures; and, reach an agreement that satisfies the needs, interests, and desires of each ...

        Closing the Deal: Getting to Yes (and Evading No!)


        Program Description: The end of the day is the most challenging part of mediation. The speakers will reveal creative mediator techniques to break through impasse as well as proven strategies for use by counsel to build durable agreements. The speakers will also address documentation of the mediated agreement ...

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